Hi, David Monroe here. My initial martial arts training was in Japanese Karate, having been convinced that it would give me a "solid" foundation. I trained off and on for ten years with Soke Tak Kubota, and another ten with Sensei Takiyuki Mikami. I loved the art, and taught for about fifteen years.
Finally, disillusioned after 21 years, I was desperate for some "real" martial training, and by the grace of the Almighty, I discovered Sifu Francis Fong, and through him, Guru Dan Inosanto. Both men had a profound influence on my understanding of the concepts of body dynamics and weapons.
In 1989 Guru Dan Inosanto had finished his seminar in Atlanta- at Francis Fong’s Academy, and we were sitting on some steps and talking about how we had already ruined our hands for the past 20 years by beating them on Makiwaras, breaking boards, and getting smashed by elbows, knees and feet...and now we’re hitting them with sticks and daggers.
We laughed and talked about how much Arthritus we were already going to have, and now just compiling the damages. He mentioned how a student in Australia had made some soft sticks. He said all he did was put a rataan stick inside of some off the shelf pipe foam for use at the seminar in Australia. I asked him if was OK to make a version of the same thing, and use them for seminars here. He said it was a good idea, and after breaking dozens of different models, over months of upgrades, the concept finally came together.
The combination of a core that won’t shatter, custom made open cell high quality foam, closed cell high impact pads on the tips, all glued together and covered with a coating of liquid rubber created a “Soft” padded stick that let the impact get to the core and then bounce back! Our foam has teriffic “compression/deflection” properties that allow practicioners to spar Full Contact with both sticks, daggers, and all the other tools of the martial artists trade... without blount trauma injury from the strikes, giving them “Experience without Injury”, allowing them to beat the fool out of each other and still go to work the next day.
We invite to share in these experiences yourself. Sof-Stx sparring is the most fun of all your martial training and definately increases your combat skills!
Learn to play and play to learn...Have Fun!, and gain "Experience Without Injury".